Ever wondered what mobile home decor trends looked like in the past? A look at decor trends from the last fifty years will give you a peek into days gone by – and maybe an appreciation for how far decor themes have come!

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Mobile homes in the 1970s

During the ‘70s, mobile homes had a pretty specific look. Wacky colors, usually mismatched, were a prevalent characteristic of many mobile home kitchens. Living rooms, and sometimes other rooms, featured plain wood paneling on the walls. Linoleum and carpet were the main flooring options for most of these homes.

Of course, there were plenty of specific decor trends in the spotlight at the time as well. 

Wicker furniture

Just about every living room had a wicker sofa in the ‘70s. This one shares the room with some hallmark color tones of the ‘70s, such as the “harvest gold” lamps and oversized portrait and the green upholstery on the chairs.

Avocado green theme 

The color known as “avocado green” was extremely popular during the 1970s. Walls, upholstery, paintings, decor…this color dominated many different design themes at the time. 

1980s mobile homes

The ‘80s shared some decor trends with the ‘70s, while some trends went out of style altogether. Wood paneling, shag carpets, and linoleum floors still made their appearance in most homes. However, color schemes and decor trends had changed drastically by the time the new decade rolled around. If anything, decor themes became more plain. 

Nonetheless, the ‘80s had its fair share of decor trends as well, though most of them weren’t as vibrant and creative as ‘70s styles. 

Wallpaper and wallpaper borders

Wallpaper has been around for a long time. While it’s currently making a comeback, most of the wallpaper patterns that were common during the ‘80s, like floral patterns, have fallen out of favor. Wallpaper borders were another common design choice at the time. Yes, they’re becoming popular again as well, but heavy floral patterns still aren’t a trendy choice. 

Unique bathroom decor trends

Some decor trends were unique to the ‘80s and (we hope) will never show up again. Carpet in the bathroom (whose idea was that?!), all-pink bathrooms, and etched glass are a few examples of what trends looked like in the ‘80s. 

A look at ‘90s mobile homes

For some of us, the ‘90s still feel like yesterday. Unfortunately, they’re much farther in the past than we might initially think. For the most part, so are the decor trends that belonged to that decade – and that’s probably a good thing. In the ‘90s, floral wallpaper and shag carpets were still popular, but other decor trends had also taken over. 

Light wood tones

Lighter wood tones became extremely popular during the ‘90s. Flooring and cabinets were especially common targets for this type of wood. 

Sponge painting patterns

This unique painting pattern was a big deal in the ‘90s. It’s something we haven’t seen since and probably never will again, but in the ’90s, it was a huge trend.

2000s mobile homes

During the 2000s, mobile homes moved away from the styles of the late 1900s and turned to something new. In an effort to modernize their home design, homeowners were exploring creative new trends and trying out a new look for their dwellings. 

Stainless appliances

During the 2000s, stainless steel appliances were a main feature of most kitchens. While some people still enjoy stainless steel appliances in their homes today, many have moved on to the newer trend of slate appliances. 

Granite countertops

Granite countertops were another main part of most kitchens during the 2000s. Again, some people still prefer granite countertops, but more recently, granite is losing ground to marble and quartz countertop. 

2010 – present: mobile homes and decor trends

Finally, from 2010 to the present, mobile homes have followed modern trends to become more and more contemporary. This one is a good example of what many mobile homes look like today: 

What about more specific decor trends? Let’s take a look at a few. 

Nature-themed designs

Nature and all things natural are currently a big interior decor trend. For you, this might look like overhauling your entire living room, or it might look like adding a simple houseplant to your bathroom. Either way, you can work on capturing the natural theme that’s big this year. 

Areas with multiple functions

Parts of the home that serve multiple functions are another popular trend that’s still on the rise. With organization and practicality in mind, this trend should allow you to accomplish more than ever before throughout this year. 

Mobile home decor trends – as they were and as they are

A look into the past has a way of giving us a new perspective on life. What do you think? Do you appreciate today’s trends even more, or would you rather go back to the ‘70s? Fortunately, you can do either one in your mobile home. After all, it’s your small corner of the world to decorate and enjoy!

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